(Closed) Fiance Doesn't Want Expensive Photographer … What Do You Think of This Photog?

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Post # 31
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Busy bee

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PinkPearls:  I think the photos are nice, minus the crooked cake. A lot of the really expensive photographers, beyond being excellent at taking pictures, spend a LOT of time photoshopping and editing their photos to look a certain, dreamy, surreal way. They also will have assistants to help them with lighting, as well as own lots of pricey camera bodies and lenses. There is a reason they are very expensive.

This guy seems like he is good at capturing both posed and action shots, doesn’t overly photoshop, and has a classic simple style. I would look at a full wedding album and then if the price is right, go for it. Make sure to ask about photo rights, how does he back up his images, what happens if his equipment is stolen or if he is sick, etc.

 

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee

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PinkPearls:  I studied photography in college but never worked professionally. These look pretty good for a budget photographer. WAY better than most of the inexpensive work I’ve seen. I agree with everything that winterxrose wrote (especially about the black and white crutch). 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

I personally wouldn’t book this photographer until I’ve compared his work against others of the same price range.  If I’m on a budget, I would be more conscious and aware that sometimes quality is tough to find at my budget.  Yeah that’s kind of a gloomy way to see life, but people on a budget can be taken advantage of, sadly.  I would continue to look and compare before making the decision. 

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

I don’t know much about photography but I like his style! He looks like a great choice and I think he’d be a great choice as a photographer- budget or otherwise!

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Planetarium

U will want to see a whole wedding 

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee

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PinkPearls:  

I am sorry but why doesn’t he want to spend more on photos? Photos are the one thing you have forever and after your wedding. That is the one thing I will probably splurge on but that I also know someone personally who was burned by an amatuer photographer…she has no wedding photos…that’s right NONE. She tried to go budget and all of her photos turned out blurry, etc. 

So I will be putting money towards a legit photopgrapher it’s an investment which when you put it that way he might understand. The photos you posted are nice but I would request to see a full wedding spread as another bee suggested. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

Looks pretty good for a “budget” photog. But more importantly, how do YOU feel about their work? Are you madly in love with the one he vetoed for price? What is the price difference?

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Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think it looks great! The Nikon D4 is a very good camera, my ex roommate who was a gig photographer used one of those. Between that & the lighting you mentioned, your photog should be able to deal with the lighting. It isn’t too difficult to fix things like the crooked cake, so I’m not sure why that didn’t happen… But I think you will be able to get 10-30 images you really like/love out of this photographer!

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

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PinkPearls:  It may not be easy to get a “few photos professionally edited” becuase part of that is the photog knowing which ones to edit and what to do them.. And woudld it really be cost effective to pick out a few and hire a pro? They’d probably charge quite a lot… I think it’s much easier to just trust who ever you hire to edit well. A tip I found is… Look to see what photgraphers photographed your venue by googling photos of your venue. There is a correlation between venue budgets and phogot budgets, at least a loose one. Meaning, I realized because I was looking at less expensive venues, I was finding less expensive photographers. And then comparing the pix of the same venue (which you already how it looks in person) will help you see whose style you like best. 🙂 

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m a photographer, and this person’s use of/understanding of light is on point. I don’t see anything that would make me criticise their work. (Except that tilted cake.) 

 

i’d meet with this photographer (or schedule a Skype call) personality is important! You’re going to spend a lot of tI me with him on your wedding day. If he’s in budget and you like him, go for it! 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee

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PinkPearls:  Oh I see, so instead of marking up the prices originanly to edit them all, he does that kind of a la carte. That’s interesting! Good for budget. 

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